Friday, May 23, 2014

News from the Creativity Studio: Finish a Face!

Last week in the Creativity Studio we utilized our drawing skills to explore ideas of symmetry as we finished faces of people, cats, dogs, Charlie Brown, and more!  Kids selected a face to complete using markers, colored pencils, pencils, and crayons.  Mirrors were provided to help kids imagine what the other half of the face might look like.  While at first many children (and parents) thought this seemed like a rather advanced project, once you break down a face into shapes and colors, it quickly becomes much simpler.  For example, “What shape is the cat’s
eye?  A circle.”  An eye may seem difficult to draw but a circle is something that we practice all the time!  This is a great activity to strengthen kids’ math skills utilizing ideas of symmetry, geometry, and spatial awareness while at the same time teaching kids about drawing techniques such as shape, line, and value.  Many kids were shocked at how well they were able to finish their faces!  From young children focusing simply on an eye and working on drawing shapes to older kids exploring ideas of tone and value, this was a GREAT week for artistic exploration!  

Blogger Katie Fodor is a Program Developer at DuPage Children's Museum. Katie has an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University. Katie joined DCM’s team in the summer of 2013.   


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